Click here to read the New account of the Agent Orange controversy commissioned that was in the smh on the 14/07/2015

Click here to read the Cathy Van Extel Investigation into Thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans going homeless

Click here
to download all the information about our 2017 Christmas Dinner

To read about our 2017 Annual General Meeting Click here


To read about the ADSO’S impact analysis of the 2014 budget  click here


Dear Presidents, Committee Members and members,

A consultation period is now underway to assess whether or not to close down the stand-alone VAN offices in the following regional centres and replace them with an outreach programme:

Bairnsdale, Victoria;

Morwell, Victoria;

Ballarat, Victoria;

Frankston , Victoria;

Wollongong, NSW; and

Gosford, NSW

In addition, there are three sites in Victoria which provide a VAN-type service, but the service is delivered by contracted providers. These locations will also be considered during consultation period.  They are:


Mildura; and


Your view can be registered by contacting:
DVA Deputy President , Shane Carmody on (02) 6289 6744.
Written submissions are also welcome and can be emailed to:

The consultation ends on 21 March, so hurry.

Tim McCombe
National President
Vietnam Veterans Federation

Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans Affairs
Parliament House
CANBERRA   ACT    2600
25 March 2014

Dear Minister,

There are three matters which we would be grateful if you would clear up for us. None are demanding of significant expenditure.

The three matters are:

  • Child Care at the VVCS;

  • Dysfunction in the RMA-SMRC appeals system: and,

  • Representation on the Younger Veterans -- Contemporary Needs Forum.

    Short explanations are enclosed.


    Reminder to Minsiter1 3-14


    Reminder to Minister2 3-14



    Yours sincerely,




    Tim McCombe

    National President

Letter to the Editor

Liberals given an opportunity to support fair indexation of military pensions for 100% of Vets, not just 22%.


Dear Editor,

Last night in Federal Parliament a PUP inspired amendment to the Liberal Government's Defence Force Retirement Legislation or Fair Indexation Bill 2014 - was foreshadowed.

The PUP amendments will deliver fair indexation to a further 160,000 plus, former and serving members of our Defence force - not just the 45,000 covered by the proposed Liberal legislation.

The small legislative amendment proposed by Clive Palmer, myself and the PUP team will essentially mean that fair indexation will not just be limited to those aged 55 and older. PUP will ensure that those aged under 55, will also receive fair indexation of their military pensions.

David Jamison, the President of Australia's Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) – recently confirmed to my office that about 22% or only 45,000 out of a total of over 205,000 recipients of military pensions - will have their payments fairly indexed if Mr Abbott's new laws pass Parliament without change.

I congratulate the PM's legislative effort, but our small change (supported by Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie) will give the Liberals an opportunity to officially vote to ensure that 100% of our military heroes receive fair pension indexation, not just 22%.


Senator Elect, Jacqui Lambie

Orphans of soldiers to have welfare payments cut

By: Jessica Marszalek·         From: Herald Sun·         March 16, 2014 10:00PM

ORPHANS of soldiers killed or badly injured in service will have their welfare payments cut with the Abbott Government arguing it cannot afford them.

About 1240 children of defence force personnel have been paid an "income support bonus" of $211 a year since March last year following the death or incapacity of a parent who has served overseas.

Among them are children aged under 16 who are homeless or are living away from home. Young people aged up to 25 whose main income is unemployment, youth or education benefits also qualify.

The payments cost taxpayers $260,000 a year and were brought in to help with expected costs, like urgent repairs or large bills.

But late last week Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson ordered the payments under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme be ended as soon as the Government can repeal the mining tax.

Senator Ronaldson said the money for the payments was not there. "The Government considers that it is not in the interests of the general welfare to continue such bonus payments in the absence of the resources necessary to do so."

The payments were one of a several brought in with the Minerals Resource Rent Tax, which Labor promised would spread the proceeds of mining to the community but raised far less revenue than predicted.

The Coalition has promised to scrap the mining tax and end all schemes linked to it.

But Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said: "I am genuinely shocked this Government could be so callous."

"The families of our veterans deserve respect and gratitude. Taking away their modest payments is incredibly insulting.



Vale Young James (Jimmy) Henry Weston

To read a tribute to Jimmy click here


A friend today sent the film clip below which won Third Prize in the Tropfest short film festival recently.


As you view it and listen to the words, spare a thought for our troops serving overseas in, now, cold conditions, whose thoughts have turned to their loved ones at home and their desires to return home safely and soon.


This video is the thoughts of most Defence Personnel who are serving in foreign countries 

Mildura reunion Anzac weekend 2014
Meet and Greet at the Inlander resort 4.30 pm on the 24th April 2014
Main Dinner on Sunday 27th April
for more reunion details contact Tony Brown 0350212066 , mobile 0428852736 , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to read the Minister for Veterans Affairs statement on Mental Health Care in response to the ABC's 7.30 report 6th June 2013

Changes to the Australian War Memorial roll of honour

The Council of the Australian War Memorial has today agreed to recognise all members of the Australian Defence Force who have died on operational service, including non-warlike operations, on the Roll of Honour.

To read the Full Media Release click here

Media Release - Pension Increase

Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions and income support payments from 20 September 2013

To read the Full Media Release click here


Until now, the history of the Luscombe Bowl has never been recorded, its importance almost forgotten. 

With the help of veterans all over Australia, I have been able to piece together the story of the Luscombe Bowl for the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk here in Seymour, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every one of those veterans for assisting me so enthusiastically with their information, memories and photos. 

I could not have achieved this without you.  Please share it, add to it, and never let the history be lost again. 

To read more about the commemorative walk click here

Cheers, Carolynne Burgess

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